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Identity Theft Help and Resourses Page
Identity Theft Image 16 actions to take if you become a victim of Identity Theft
Resources and steps to help you avoid Identity Theft
  Resources and Other Steps to Help You Avoid Becoming a Victim of Identity Theft  
  Make Use of Opt-Out Provisions  
 

Opt out of pre-approved offers of credit and marketing lists by calling 1-800-680-7293 or 1-888-5OPTOUT. Or write to:

  • Equifax Options, P.O. Box 740123, Atlanta, GA 30374-0241
  • Experian, P.O. Box 919, Allen, TX 75013
  • Trans Union, P.O. Box 97328, Jackson, MS 39238

Opt out of credit reporting industry pre-screened credit approvals by calling 1-888-567-8688. Remove your name, address and telephone number from mail and telephone lists through the Direct Marketing Association.

Mail Preference Service, P.O. Box 9008, Farmingdale, NY 11735 Telephone Preference Service, P.O. Box 9014, Farmingdale, NY 11735

CAUTION: Do not give any OPT-OUT service your Social Security Number, Date of Birth, Mothers Maiden name or other personal identification information.

 
  Seek Independent Legal Advice  
 

In matters such as Identity Theft, pursuit of a remedy exclusively through the criminal justice system may be insufficient. In these types of cases, the criminal justice system cannot always provide individuals with the level of relief they may seek. Therefore, victims of Identity Theft are strongly encouraged to seek the assistance of an attorney of their own choice for any civil or other remedies that may be available.
For individuals who cannot afford an attorney, they can contact the State Bar Association or Legal Services. Addresses and telephone numbers for those entities in New Jersey are listed below, or consult the telephone directory for your local Bar Association.

  • New Jersey State Bar Association
    1 Constitution Square
    New Brunswick, New Jersey 08901-1500
    732-249-5000
    www.njsba.com


  • Legal Services of New Jersey
    100 Metroplex Dr. at Plainfield Ave., Suite 402
    P.O. Box 1357, Edison, New Jersey 08818-1357
    732-572-9100 or 1-888-LSNJ-LAW
    www.lsnj.org

In addition, Legal Aid Clinics at the Rutgers University Law Schools in Camden and Newark, and at the Seton Hall University Law School in Newark are available.

 
  Other Sources of Assistance  
     
 

For information about obtaining free credit reports,
visit the Division of Consumer Affairs
or contact them at 1-800-242-5846

 
     
     
  There are non-governmental, non-profit groups which have been established to provide assistance to victims of identity theft. One group is:

Privacy Rights Clearinghouse
Identity Theft Resource Center
P.O. Box 226833, San Diego, California 92196
858-693-7935
www.privacyrights.org. or www.idtheftcenter.org

 
   
  Tips to Avoid Identity Theft

 
     
  The US Postal Inspector Web site offers tips to avoid having your identity stolen at: www.usps.com/postalinspectors/idthft_ncpw.htm  
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